Dave Tough is a Nashville-based songwriter and producer/engineer. He has
written and produced songs in major motion pictures, most recently in
2010, he had a song in Seth Rogen's mall cop comedy "Observe and
Report", the TV show "Plain Jane" and training films and commercials,
including a Pantene shampoo ad series. Dave has had cuts with several
independent and label country and pop artists.
As a songwriter Dave has been a top finalist in many songwriting
contests and he won the Grand Prize Country Category in the 2009 John
Lennon Songwriting Contest.
As an engineer and producer, Dave has produced, engineered demos and
master recordings for hundreds of artists worldwide over the internet
from his website www.davetough.com
Dr. Tough is an audio professor at Belmont University in Nashville, TN
teaching audio recording and studio production. He has worked and
studied under engineering names such as Bruce Swedien and Neil Citron.
He has worked on the business side of the industry for Capitol Records,
Warner Chappell Music, BMG Music Publishing and Capitol/EMI.
As an solo artist, Tough has released two solo albums Gravity Always
Wins (2005) and I'm Right Here (1999). His newest personal project, a
duo called "Xavier and Ophelia", will be debuting in Spring 2011. Tough
has been recording and songwriting educator at UCLA, Cal Poly
University, the University of North Alabama and most recently, Belmont
University's Mike Curb College.
Dave Tough shares his namesake with the famous jazz drummer (Tough's
great uncle) who played with the likes of Woody Herman, Benny Goodman
and Tommy Dorsey.